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Boo Boo, the little black bear rescued from the Mustang fire in Idaho, is on his way back to the woods.

Photo courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game

"Boo Boo," the little black bear rescued from the Mustang fire in Idaho, is on his way back to the woods.

Idaho Fish and Game biologist Jeff Rohlman picked up the orphaned cub from the Boise Humane Society shelter on Friday and delivered him to the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary near McCall. There the bear will finish recovering from its injuries until it’s ready to be released to the wild.

Boo Boo weighed just 23 pounds when firefighters found him on Aug. 26 in the burning forest north of Salmon, Idaho. Vetrinarians at the IFGD wildlife health lab in Caldwell bandaged his paws and sent him to Boise for further treatment.

IFGD spokesman Mike Keckler said Boo Boo now weighs about 46 pounds and has had his bandages removed. Despite second-degree burns to all four feet, the bear escaped any infection to his foot pads.

“He will spend the first night in a pen about the size of a single-car garage, which is attached to a two-acre enclosure at the sanctuary,” Keckler said in an email. “When released from the pen, he would be free to roam the enclosure. If he continues to mend, he would be released to the wild, perhaps as soon as later this fall.”

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